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The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl Series) Paperback – April 21, 2015
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About the Author
Born and raised in Fresno, California, Laura Thalassa spent her childhood reading and creating fantastic tales. She now spends her days penning everything from young adult paranormal romance to new-adult dystopian novels. Thalassa lives with her husband and partner in crime, Dan Rix, in sunny Santa Barbara, California.
For more information, please visit laurathalassa.blogspot.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I adore this series. So much. It is beautifully written, and the complexity of the characters, the world they live in, makes my heart beat faster. I'm not actually a book boyfriend sort of person. Until now, I've only ever picked up one, and that is SC Stephens' Kellan Kyle. But toward the end of this novel, I felt this enormous grin spread on my face, because Caden - CADEN is freaking up there!!!
I adore his sexy, hardcore ways. How protective he is of Ember. His clever comebacks. How, no matter the absurdity of their lives and the temptations around them, Ember is the only one he'll ever love. Even when they're in the same room, he longs for her:
"Caden stared at me across the fire, the smoke and flames making his features sharper and more dangerous-looking. He watched me like a man mesmerized. I had to stop myself from reaching up and self-consciously tucking a strand of hair behind my ear. (...) 'He wants you to go over to him,' Marissa said, leaning into me. 'He looks like he's having separation anxiety.' We both knew that wasn't the look he was giving me."
This is suspense. It's dystopian. Science fiction. Seriously action-filled romance. Passion. And it is definitely, definitely New Adult. I love that this series is for grown-ups. Laura Thalassa doesn't moderate her characters' language, and even so it is far from over the top; it is just enough to make you feel like you're not reading a book created for 13-year-olds.
Now, I can't wait for book three. Ember and Caden's story continues, and the way The Decaying Empire ends made me squirm with delight. It is absolutely perfect!!! So let me finish my review with a small part from the end of the book. It will not ruin your fun and the suspense (which is brimming over throughout the entire book), but it might show you why I ended up with goosebumps.
"Caden winked at her, then he too played his part. He pressed into the group, clapping a man on the shoulder, shaking hands, being the chummy f-ing charmer he always was. New enemies to add to the old? Bring'em. They'd been trained for violence. And in this field, the prodigies had surpassed their masters."
Ember is almost completely different then the Ember we met in book one, but I would hope that everyone would expect her to be. She's a lot stronger, but at the same time her weaknesses are more apparent making her a hell of a lot more combative. Animal trapped in the corner analogy works great here. But she has many, many more reasons to fight beyond herself.
Her relationship with Caden is very intense, but then it's reflective of their life and situation. Not that I'm complaining here. I do think it's kind of sad we said goodbye to the jovial Caden. I guess when the you find out Oz is just some dude moving a machine it tends to disillusion you. He remains Ember's solid ground and she needs it. I will say the heat is turned allllll the way up in this one. And! AND! We get some scenes from Caden's POV!!! Very illuminating stuff, my fellow readers. YEEEEP!!!
Now its strange because there is a lot of things happening in this story...A LOT...but at the same time the truth is a slow drip throughout. And it isn't until the very, very, very (did I say very?) end that the veil is lifted and my Kindle went sailing across the room.
I don't want to give too much away because there are a lot of twist and turns in this installment. Many of which will piss people off (in a frustrated, when the hell is book 3 coming out kinda way), but it's worth the ride! Laura Thalassa is one of my favorite authors, she world-builds her ass off and has such a talent of characterization. Go read, people!!
To sum up, if you liked Book 1, you'll love Book 2, just don't look for a neat ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Other than that, a good story.Read more